David Walters

UNC Charlotte
Architect and town planner, professor emeritus and former director of Master of Urban Design Program, UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture

Biography

David Walters is a British architect who has four decades of experience as an architect, urban designer and community planner. He is professor emeritus of architecture and urban design at UNC Charlotte, where until he retired he was the program director of the Master of Urban Design program at the College of Arts + Architecture.

Education

Walters earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, and has practiced and taught in England, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina (since 1990).

Expertise

Walters is affiliated with Stantec’s Urban Places Group. Previously with The Lawrence Group, Walters has won state and national awards for urban design master plans, form-based codes and community planning projects based in Carolina communities. Walters is the author or co-author of three books: Design First: Design-based Planning for Communities (with Linda Luise Brown); Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes; and The Future Office (with Christopher Grech).

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 26, 2011
    Amid the pervasive gloom and depression about the future of American cities I was lucky enough to visit recently two very different American places that hold out some hopes for a sustainable future here in the USA.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 20, 2011
    A rare joy in Charlotte is being able to live a compact, transit-supported lifestyle, where soul-sapping commuter journeys on interstates or arterial highways can be avoided. Now that I work in UNC Charlotte’s new Center City Building, I can walk to the light rail station, catch the train and walk two blocks to my office. But I get shocked out of my complacency when I have to take the kind of drive that's normal for tens of thousands of Charlotteans.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 27, 2011
    Charlotte’s draft 2020 Vision Plan is a disappointing document. Despite the hard work, the glossy graphics are mostly pretty pictures of conventional thinking rather than visions for a different future.  A plan promoted as visionary should acknowledge that urgent environmental and...
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jul 27, 2011
    UNCC’s Mary Newsom and David Walters compare views on the proposed plan to guide development in downtown Charlotte for the next few decades.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 27, 2011
    UNCC’s Mary Newsom and David Walters compare views on the proposed plan to guide development in downtown Charlotte for the next few decades.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 12, 2011
    The Charlotte region has made much progress in the past 15 years, but still faces many of the problems it did in the 1990s. One example: The Windy Ridge subdivision, a stark example of complete market failure. It's badly designed housing in a bad location, financed by by disastrous loan policies, amid weak municipal policy and general hostility toward affordable housing. As we emerge from the recession, will we learn those lessons?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 22, 2010
    Charlotte is once more at a crossroads: future challenges abound—in education, environmental sustainability, and social equity to name only three. Even more important is the question of transportation infrastructure, and I make no apologies for returning to one of my favorite topics...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 08, 2010
    I'm writing this essay because I'm worried. I've grown attached to America in the 27 years I've lived and worked here but I'm forced to look elsewhere for useful examples of government action, corporate innovation and citizen activism to meet the fast approaching crises of climate change, future...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 23, 2010
    One of the delights of an academic life is the opportunity to spend time in the summer traveling on research trips to foreign countries; there really is nothing like studious foreign travel to give useful perspectives on conditions here in America. This year I went home to England and traveled to...